Child Friendly Leeds: City’s young people prepare to host annual awards
The search is once again on for organisations and individuals, who epitomise everything that is child friendly in Leeds, as the city’s third Child Friendly Leeds Awards returns next year.
Nominations are now open for the awards, which will be held in January 2016, with children and young people at the forefront of the project – helping to plan and run the event.
Youths will also form part of the judging panel to ensure the winners really do represent the views of the young people of Leeds.
The awards will showcase the talent, achievements and energy of the city’s children and young people and celebrate what individuals, places and organisations are doing to make Leeds a great place to grow up.
They will pay particular tribute to the help available for those children and young people who may have additional challenges – including children who are looked after by the council, or are particularly vulnerable, and those who have disabilities or additional needs.
This year’s categories are boosted by a new award that highlights the strong links between schools and local communities across Leeds.
The supporting schools: ‘Children’s Choice’ award is a chance to recognise local organisations, educators or individuals from outside the school’s regular staff, who work with, or in a school to inspire, inform, entertain, or support pupils.
Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, executive member responsible for children’s services said: “We are very excited to announce our third Child Friendly Leeds Awards. We really want to hear about the people and organisations which go the extra mile to make Leeds a special place for children and young people.
“Each year the awards are organised and planned by young people themselves, which makes them a truly special experience with lots of surprises and is a great way to showcase the talent we have in Leeds.”